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International Office. ERASMUS COORDINATORS 2011-2012. www.le.ac.uk/international. What is Erasmus?. Funded by the European Commission. The most well-known inter-national student and staff exchange scheme, having sent well over 2 million students abroad since 1987.

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International Office



What is erasmus
What is Erasmus?

  • Funded by the European Commission.

  • The most well-known inter-national student and staff exchange scheme, having sent well over 2 million students abroad since 1987.

  • Aims to foster a greater sense of European identity and ultimately strengthen Europe as a knowledge-based world economy.

  • Participating countries are EU and EEA/EFTA members, Switzerland, Croatia, Macedonia & Turkey.

    What isn’t Erasmus?

  • Non-European mobility, eg. Leicester’s Study Abroad programme

  • Erasmus Mundus – this is a separate strand of the LLP, but with a similar name! Nor are we Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig, or Transversal.

  • Erasmus can’t fund staff Research exchanges.

  • Erasmus incoming work placements are not administered by the Leicester Erasmus Team.

Erasmus team
Erasmus Team

  • Who are we?

    • Nalina Pattni, Erasmus Assistant

    • Laura Nieminen, Erasmus Intern

    • Cleo Bowen, Erasmus Institutional Coordinator

    • Natalie Cunningham (Finance & Bilateral Agreements)

  • Contact:

    • Email: [email protected]

    • Tel: x5142 or x2476

    • International Office, 2nd Floor, Astley Clarke Building (Entrance 1)

Erasmus departmental coordinator s role
Erasmus Departmental Coordinator’s Role

  • Support Erasmus at departmental level

  • Encourage and inform students who want to take part in Erasmus

  • Approve students’ module selection

  • Allocate outgoing students to partner universities

  • Advise on academic/accreditation matters

  • Lots more!

Erasmus at leicester
Erasmus at Leicester

In 2010-11:

We had 234 (168 FTE) Erasmus students at Leicester from: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland.

We sent 154 Leicester students to European universities (or placements) in:

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands.

Erasmus at leicester 2011 2012
Erasmus at Leicester 2011-2012

  • 134 students outgoing

  • 257 incoming (187.5 FTE)

  • Erasmus Student Feedback shows

    • Good experience, language skills, cultural awareness and independence rank top.

    • Accommodation, communication and prior information biggest hurdles.

  • 2011-12 Erasmus Ambassadors (46 so far!) – returning students keen to help with Erasmus promotion across University

  • Approx 20 Staff Exchanges

Erasmus tuition fees new
Erasmus Tuition Fees – NEW!

There will never be any tuition fee to the Erasmus Host University; some fees payable to Leicester.

  • Year Abroad Students in 2011/12 (now):

    Tuition fees waived by HEFCE.

  • Year Abroad Students in 2012/13 and 2013/14:

    Tuition fee waiver anticipated* by HEFCE, if not £1,250 fees to University of Leicester. Decision by Jan 2012.

  • Year Abroad Students in 2014/15 onwards (starting under new fee regime):

    £1,250 tuition fees to the University of Leicester.

    *from draft consultation only

Funding for language classes new
Funding for Language Classes – NEW!

Language Learning in the UK

  • [email protected] – 50% subsidy during

    year 2 of study at Leicester.

  • Students can look for classes locally if not

    available at [email protected] Will also be subsidised 50% (within reason)

    In-Country Language Learning

  • Official EILCs (Erasmus Intensive Language Classes) – free of charge, additional Erasmus grant allocated to participants. Very competitive, a place not guaranteed.

  • ILCs (other Intensive Language Classes) eg. run by host university – no longer eligible for additional Erasmus grant, tuition fees reimbursed by Leicester in July before departure. Good value!

Erasmus student grants new
Erasmus Student Grants – NEW!

  • During the Erasmus period, all participants (regardless of nationality) are entitled.

  • On average, a student spending 9 months (1 year) abroad in 2010-11 received £2,900 in Erasmus Grant

  • The grant is paid in 2 instalments:

    • Payment 1 = end October

    • Payment 2 = end July

      NEW Supplementary funding for specific groups

    • Country-specific: €400 to students going to Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Poland or Turkey.

    • Widening Participation: €500 to students from low-income families.

      We expect to pay these in 2012

Student financial help new
Student Financial Help – NEW!

  • Students abroad with financial worries can still contact the University’s Student Welfare Team for advice and support.

    Hardship Fund

  • As of 2011-12, there will now be a hardship fund specifically for Leicester students abroad, should they need financial help during their Erasmus exchange.

  • This will be assessed and administered by the Student Welfare Office.

Erasmus staff mobility
Erasmus Staff Mobility

Two Options:

  • Teaching Mobility for academic/teaching staff

  • Training Mobility for any member of staff

  • 1-6 week exchange

  • Travel and expenses reimbursed

  • Apply ASAP and before Christmas 2011!

Details and criteria:


Student staff guidance
Student & Staff Guidance

  • Student Blackboard site, information meetings and pre-departure sessions.

  • Staff Blackboard site.

  • New IO Website

  • Coordinators’ Handbook – NEW!

    • Timeline

    • Responsibilities

    • Student FAQs

    • Procedures




  • New ‘plone’ format 

  • Areas divided into incoming/outgoing.

  • Step-by-step processes.

  • Outgoing area focuses on students who have not yet committed.

  • Dedicated area for staff mobility (staff login required).